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Faeries and Other Fantastical Folk : Poppy CatŠ by Myrea Pettit
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The Royal School of Needlework in England was established in 1872 its aim to teach the art of hand embroidery. The Royal School of Needlework have long established links with The Huntington Library and Art Collection in the USA, who recently acquired Walter Cranes Demi Lune Cabinet 1975 reputed to have influenced the needlework movement and development in the United States


During the early 19th century, it was the Austrian Art dealer in Vienna, Heinrich Friedrich Müller whose boutique in the Kohlmarkt had started to successfully sell high quality coloured patterns to local customers, visitors and foreign traders such was the recognition of quality that he was awarded a silver medal in 1839 at the Handcrafts exhibition. He died in 1848 many of his patterns survive today and also those designed by supporting artists which can be recognised by the initials of the artists engraved on the designs. With most of these exquisite designs still surviving it is commonplace to see them used on ladies evening handbags, perfume holders and many other articles that delight the memory of that bygone age in furthering the elegance and interest in the delicate handicraft.

Petit-Point hand embroidered tapestry You may hear the term ‘Gobelin’ when referring to petit point , these are very fine hand-embroidered tapestries by very skilled craftsmen or women using special fine threads, usually depicting famous paintings or religious artwork, a ‘gobelin’ lasts over 200 years before its colors might begin to fade depending on the quality of its threads.

Petit Point refers to one diagonal needlepoint stitch in ‘gobelin’ making. There are two techniques used for stitching or sewing ‘gobelins.’ Petit Point 1:1 is the more detailed when each sign from the chart equals one stitch. Petit Point 1:4 means that each sign would equal four stitches arranged in a square.

If you are interested in ‘Gobelin’ designs which are mainly based on classical paintings and immensely popular Austria, Germany, Russia, and the Balkans then

You should contact the company founded in Berlin over 100 years ago by Jacob Wiehler and request a Wiehler Catalogue

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